Contemporary Wood Sculpture

December 18, 2012 - August 21, 2013

  • Walking Man (Stepping Stone Series)
    1996
    redwood
    Robyn Horn
    Gift of John and Robyn Horn in honor of the Museum’s 60th Anniversary 2012.47.1
    Robyn Horn strives to transform blocks of wood into sculptural forms resembling stone.

  • Eye of God
    1998
    madrone burl wood
    Jack Slentz
    born Oklahoma City, OK. 1963
    Gift of John and Robyn Horn in honor of the Museum’s 60th Anniversary 2012.47.9
    The beauty of Jack Slentz’s work comes from the purity and simplicity of form that is emphasized by showing the mark of the tool.

  • Bowl
    1994
    Birdseye maple wood
    Alan Stirt
    born Brooklyn, N.Y. 1946
    Gift of John and Robyn Horn in honor of the Museum’s 60th Anniversary
    2012.47.10
    Alan Stirt’s bowls are made with function in mind, and the oil finish he uses on these items will not harm fruits or other things stored in them.

In the mid-20th century, the ancient craft of woodturning was transformed into a dynamic contemporary art form by a new breed of innovative American wood artists. Since then, pioneering artists have expanded their interest beyond functional objects to produce vessels and other sculptural forms that expressed their highly individualized aesthetic concerns. Over the last several years, the work of these dynamic artists has been collected by Robyn Horn, a wood artist herself, and her printer husband John. The Horns have donated pieces from their collection to numerous museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Asheville Art Museum in North Carolina, and the Columbus Museum. The works in this installation show the originality and skill of contemporary wood artists.

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